Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Saudi Arabia's King Salman pose for a photo during a welcoming ceremony ahead of their talks at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (Alexei Nikolsky/Pool Photo via AP)
Middle East

With US Petrodollar Hostage, Saudis Embark On New Courtship Of Russia

In marked contrast to the United States’  fickleness in Middle Eastern affairs, Russia is seen as a more consistent actor by Middle Eastern leaders, a potential ally offering much-needed stability. Putin’s new position as the “new master of the Middle East” seems all but set in stone.